Pete Hughes, Oklahoma

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The winds of change have headed to the Heartland, where Oklahoma officials informed head coach Pete Hughes and his staff Monday morning that they wouldn’t be retained. Hughes, officially, chose to resign.

The news of Hughes’ departure comes as a surprise to some, but not so much to others. If you remember back to last summer, there were a lot of rumors even then about Hughes potentially being on the hot seat. However, OU gave the head coach a fourth season.

This year, the Sooners made an early-season statement with a home series win over Long Beach State and were one of the hottest teams in college baseball until injuries began to take their toll. Oklahoma finished the regular season and conference tournament on a negative note and limped into the Louisville Regional, where it was outscored 22-1 against Xavier and Louisville after actually winning the regional opener against the Musketeers.

Personally, Hughes’ dismissal was somewhat of a surprise to me. Sure, the Sooners had their share of struggles over the past few seasons and it took four years for him to get OU to the postseason. However, the acquisition of pitching coach Skip Johnson and the improvements this season, I’d say, also would warrant another season to see if the Sooners can build some momentum.

Hughes’ departure caps off what’s been an interesting past few days for Oklahoma. Over the weekend, long-time football coach Bob Stoops announced his retirement. Now, just a few days later, Hughes is no longer the Sooners baseball coach.

With that all said, Oklahoma has plenty of intriguing head coaching candidates to keep an eye on the next couple of weeks.

Who are seven candidates Oklahoma fans should keep close tabs on for now? Find out.

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